Sound — 8
The Limit dive right into classic rock on their latest release Reinventing The Sun making it exciting again using a modern approach that shows a companionship to Hinder and Finger Eleven. Produced by The Limit and mixed by Matt Wagner, many of the songs resound with a '70s rock vibe reflective of bands like Boston, Styx, and Bad Company, and others project a power pop voltage reminiscent of '80s artists like Whitesnake, Tora Tora, and Damn Yankees. The spikes in the guitar licks whirl thunderously, especially in tracks like Save Yourself and Sky Walker. The band's melodic flourishes ignite into colossal infernos as they stimulate vigorous thrumming through the rhythm section captured in the feathered bass lines of Todd Grosberg and the swift thrusts of drummer Bob Chmiel. The lead vocals of Mark Daniel moves with the crests and lows of the rhythmic swells and manifests into some fine arches on Hard To Say Goodbye as the guitar layers stack waves of reverb with the muscle to make the ground quake beneath your feet. This is the mark of rock 'n' roll that runs deep in the blood. This is Paul Rodgers kind of rock, and though The Limit do not cite Rodgers as being a musical influence for them, it is uncanny that so many aspects in their songs share similarities to Rodgers' music and the music of bands which he has played in like Bad Company, Free, and The Firm. The Limit's blend of acoustic and electric elements are excellently garnered on Time Can't Keep Me and the two instrumental tracks Mother Maria which has a cool Kenny Wayne Shepherd-bluesy texture and Hard To Say Goodbye Reprise which has lamenting keys and whining guitars that close out the album with a mollified atmosphere. The Limit take classic rock to a new level that everyone from fans of Paul Rodgers to fans of the Guitar Hero series would find appealing.
Lyrics — 7
The Limit's lyrical content uses symbolism to describe emotions and relationship conditions. Depicting the turmoil, the insecurities, and the bliss that comes from being in a relationship are phrased in a thought provoking way like in the opening track House Of Sand which is descriptive of how elusive relationships can be like sand slipping through your fingers. Mark Daniel portrays, I never wanted to go there again / Old feelings calling to that house that's falling / It took me years to put it to rest and sleep til morning in a house that's falling / Would someone let me out this house of sand / And seaglass is coming down / Would someone let me out this house that I built is crashing down to the ground around me.
Overall Impression — 8
Where Paul Rodgers left off, The Limit have picked up from and are blazing a trail that gives classic rock and power pop a contemporary boost. The Limit create a nice balance on Reinventing The Sun, evenly distributing extractions of classic rock and modern rock. Their album does not disappoint and it makes you remember why rock music rooted in the past unveils such magnificence.